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Despite my obsession with Game of Thrones and Lucy Worsley’s The First Georgians right now, I am still televisually smitten with MTV’s Catfish. The show that exposes online love fraudsters. The throwaway youth TV show that one’s mind just cannot throw away. Instead, one sits post- episode genuinely saddened that our human need to love and be loved is so destructive. Or that  the earth’s supply of gullible optimists may well be infinite.

The must-have buggy that costs more than a second-hand car

It's the mother of all baby buggies and the ultimate status symbol for family outings. Despite coming with a hefty £1,200 price tag, the Bugaboo Donkey is galloping out of stores.

Paul Kriwaczek: BBC TV producer and author of engaging books on the ancient world

Paul Kriwaczek was a radio and television producer and latterly an historian and author, a man whose cultural versatility and intellectual adventurousness were reflected in a richly variegated career.

Tiers of happiness: The coolest couples are ditching fruit cake for chocolate, red velvet or Madeira wedding cake

Who will make the dress is still shrouded in mystery – as is the much speculated upon guest list – but finally we can amuse ourselves with one small detail of the impending Royal nuptials: the wedding cake.

Beyond the Sweet Valley

It was a teen publishing phenomenon long before Twilight and Harry Potter. Now, the kids from Sweet Valley High have grown up – and are stars of a new novel for adults. By Sara Lawrence

Celebrity tattoo artists - Who do they ink they are?

We’ve had A-list hairdressers and celebrity stylists – now the tattoo artists to the stars are stepping into the limelight. Gillian Orr gets under their skin

The Last Airbender and Sex and the City 2 'win' at Razzies worst film awards

Action flick "The Last Airbender" and comedy "Sex and the City 2" earned the wrath of Razzie voters on Saturday in the annual Oscar spoof that spotlights Hollywood's worst performances.

Lena Dunham: They all want a piece of this comic talent

At just 24, she is the toast of two film festivals as well as writing and starring in a TV series.

Pa-pah pa-paaaah PAH! Presenting the star of screen advertising

Every film buff knows the Pearl & Dean signature tune. And selling that jingle is the best job in media, says the firm's chief. Laura Chesters meets Kathryn Jacob

Aubaine, 37-45 Kensington High Street, London W8

Though it seems like a clever portmanteau word, yoking together "auberge" and "urbane", Aubaine is French for a godsend, a fortunate windfall or a stroke of luck. The owners have struck it lucky in London three times already, opening branches of their chain and flourishing in Brompton Road, Regent Street and the Shoe Galleries at Selfridges, despite online reports about the Parisian rudeness of the staff.

Friends with benefits

The romcom is going in a new direction: two new movies feature single pals hooking up. What really goes on under the sheets? Jean Hannah Edelstein studies relationships with no strings attached

The Big C: Comedy that dares to tackle cancer

The latest hit show from the US centres on a teacher with terminal cancer – and it's out to make us laugh, says Sarah Hughes

Kim Cattrall enjoying being single

Kim Cattrall is "embracing" being single.

Christina Patterson: There's a battle beyond the touchline

Football can keep its offside rules, it can keep its Andies. It can keep its Dicks. Football doesn't wreck lives

The Secret History Of: Marimekko Unikko fabric

It's probably one of the most recognised fabric designs in the world. Huge splashy poppies in a variety of colours adorning umbrellas, bags, tea trays and bedding. And yet Unikko, from the Finnish design company Marimekko, only came about when a designer dared to defy her boss.

Sky: Quality drama - at a price

Sky's latest channel promises to be a one-stop shop for fans of the best American series – but many viewers will miss out, says Gerard Gilbert
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